Re: Question Concerning the Privacy Act

David Gilbert (dgilbert@WELLESLEY.EDU)
Wed, 20 Aug 1997 08:53:19 -0400

We would not agree to keep this kind of record of student's viewing
activities for a class or faculty member, even for reserve materials. Most
systems developed for this purpose would keep track of who had the video in
their hand, but not whether or not they actually watched it. I also believe
it is not the library or media center's responsibility to enforce classroom
policy, perform a teacher's responsibilities, or "check up" on student's
studying habits. That's what the faculty is paid to do, and what exams are
for. Circulation records are for keeping track of material, not who is
reading or seeing what.

David Gilbert - Music Librarian - Wellesley College -